Tougher sacks will be handed
out to seagull ‘hot spots’ as the council’s weapon of choice to tackle the “scavenging” menace and “win back the streets”.
The sacks were trialled by Scarborough Council in some parts of Whitby last year and were reportedly a success in reducing litter in the town.
The council has splashed out £10,000 on 3,000 tough sacks which will be distributed in Whitby’s hot spots for herring gulls.
In narrow streets across the borough, where wheelie bins cannot be accessed, plastic bin bags are used as a replacement. Bags left out for collection are ravaged by the attacking gulls searching for their next meal.
Cllr Andrew Jenkinson said: “This the start of a long campaign to basically win the streets back. There is so much damaged caused by them.
“While for some people no visit to the seaside would be complete without seeing and hearing seagulls, for others they are a genuine nuisance and I think anything we can legally do to reduce the problems they cause can only be a good thing for all concerned.”
The authority hopes the new sacks will dramatically reduce and ultimately eliminate such attacks which leave rubbish scattered across the street.
The chairman of the gulls task group, Cllr Godfrey Allanson, said: “Legal methods to reduce the problems associated with gulls are limited and therefore we are taking a step-by-step approach, using a number of initiatives, which when combined together should make a noticeable difference in the longer term.”